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Issue No. 17 October 2013
Prayer and Pots

Many years ago, I came across the writings of a seventeenth-century French monk known as Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was born Nicolas Herman around 1614. In 1649, after having been a soldier and later a hermit, he entered a monastery in Paris, where he was to take charge of the kitchen. His writings speak of a life in constant prayer, consisting of the practice of the presence of God in whatever situation one finds him- or herself. Brother Lawrence adopted this practice even when performing his most mundane chores, like washing pots and pans in the kitchen:

“I began to live as if there were not one in the world but Him and me. I adored Him as often as I could, keeping my mind in his holy presence and recalling it as often as it wandered. I had no little difficulty in this exercise, but I kept on despite all the difficulties and was not worried or distressed when I was involuntarily distracted. I did this during the day as often as I did it during the formal time specifically set aside for prayer; for at all times, at every hour, at every moment, even in the busiest times of my work, I banished and put away from my mind everything capable of diverting me from the thought of God.” - Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God.

It is easy for us to think of our times in church, or small group, or Quiet Times, as an oasis to meet God and be refreshed from the usual worries and distractions of life - whether you are a professional or executive or teacher or homemaker. Brother Lawrence suggests a better way. He used his intellect and imagination to affirm that God is present not just on Sundays, but in all the worries and distractions (and mundaneness!) of life, in all the other 6 days in the week. In this way he obeyed Paul's command to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5.17). May we all practice finding, and being in God's presence in all times and in all places.

The Editor,

Quek Tze-Ming

Thanksgiving Dinner - 15 November 2013

Calling all alumni, students and friends of BGST!

Come join us at our Thanksgiving Dinner on 15th November, 7pm at Raffles Country Club, to celebrate God’s goodness in having brought BGST to the new premises at 50 Kallang Pudding Road.

It will also be a time to touch base with all whom we know through BGST. To book your seat(s), please call us at Tel: 62276815 or Email: peh-adam@bgst.edu.sg

Hope to hear from you soon!

Thanksgiving dinner

Alumni News
Alby ordinationOur heartiest congratulations and best wishes go to Rev Alby Yip (MDiv 2008, MCS 2000, Grad Dip CS 1999 ) who was ordained a Minister of the Gospel at Emmanuel Bible-Presbyterian Church on Saturday Oct 5. May God bless Pastor Alby's pastoral ministry richly!

 

Faculty News
Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be preaching on "Justified by Grace Alone through Faith Alone (Rom 3.21-26)" at the 9.30 am service of Emmanuel BP Church on Oct 20; and at the 9.00 am service of Hebron BP Church on Oct 27.
Staff Devotion Time

BGST Staff Devotion time is scheduled on Wednesday, 16th October, 12 noon. There will be no Staff Devotion on 23rd October, instead, it will be a time for Pastors’ Fellowship.

Friends & visitors are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and devotion at our Staff Devotion Time.

Course Schedule

For Semester 1 of Academic Year 2013-2014, please visit our webpage at http://bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2013-2014-sem1.pdf.

For course inquiries, please email us at inquiry@bgst.edu.sg.

Intensive Courses - November 2013

Dr Vincent OoiLiturgy and Worship
CM220 (1.5 credits)
Guest Lecturer: Dr Vincent Ooi
Venue: BGST Centre
Dates: Nov 16 (9:30am - 4:30pm), Nov 18, 19, 21 (7:15pm - 10:15pm)

Course Overview
This course explores the place of liturgy in Christian worship and living. The approach is interdisciplinary, i.e. scriptural, theological, historical and contemporary resources will be used to consider the subjects of liturgy worship, liturgical time, sacramental theology and the ordinances/ sacraments of baptism and communion. Students will be encouraged to make informed and critical reflections of liturgical practices in their own traditions in the light of liturgical practices in other traditions.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/cm220-2013.pdf

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Dr Tan Kang San and Lee Loun LingAsian Religions in the Contemporary Age
IC211 (3 credits)
Guest Lecturers: Dr Tang Kang San & Lee Loun Ling
Venue: BGST Centre
Dates: Nov 23, 30 (9:30am - 4:30pm),
Nov 25, 26, 28, 29, Dec 2, 3 (7:15pm - 10:15pm)

Course Overview
Christian engagements with people of other faiths flow from our theological convictions. “No task in missiology is more controversial and crucial than encountering world religions” (Gerhad Anderson). Despite living in a multi-religious society, many Asian Christians have superficial knowledge of the beliefs of their neighbours. This course offers an introduction to Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism religions as well as theological analysis of interfaith issues in Asian contexts. The course begins with the method of academic study of religion, followed by the study of selected religious texts, case study, videos and group discussions from a Christian perspective. Throughout the course, practical implications on gospel and culture, evangelism and inter-religious conversations and the mission of the local church in a contemporary plural society will be explored.

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Upcoming Courses - October

Mr Chong Ser ChoonSpirituality Retreat Experience: Nature, Purpose and Dynamics
CS504 (3 credits)
Lecturer: Mr Chong Ser Choon
Venue: BGST @ 50 Kallang Pudding Road
Dates: Tuesdays, Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12,19
Time: 7.15 pm - 10.00 pm
Spiritual Retreat is scheduled from Nov 14 -17 (4D3N) & fees are charged separately

The course will provide a biblical and historical survey of the practice of retreat and how it evolved in the history of the Church. We will also discuss its nature, purpose and dynamics. We will also look at how the discipline of spiritual retreat is related to other spiritual disciplines and its contribution to the Christian's spiritual formation. We will end the teaching segment by discussing the practical and broader issues of how Christians today can practice and discern the Presence of God in the midst of the busy demands of family, work and ministry.

The course will culminate in 4 days 3 nights residential retreat. The teaching segment of the course will serve to prepare participants for the spiritual retreat experience. Through this course, we aim to provide a model to encourage Christians to cultivate and incorporate this spiritual discipline into their Christian life.

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Rev Dr Oh Boon LeongLife of Jesus
NT 218 (1.5 credits)
Lecturer: Rev Dr Oh Boon Leong
Venue: St John’s St Margaret’s Church
Dates: Thursdays, Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 7.15 pm - 10.15 pm

Jesus: Man or Myth? Fact or Fiction? Who really was Jesus of Nazareth? And why does he matter today? Jesus continues to fascinate people of different cultures and religions. Popular media and novelists attempt to peer behind the gospels to reveal the “real” Jesus. New portraits of Jesus con-tinue to stir up interest and debate. Some say he was a prophet, a social reformer or a revolutionary. Others claim he was the Son of God. What do these mean and does historical evidence support any of such claims? This course seeks to shed light on the life of Jesus within his first-century Palestin-ian setting. We shall see Jesus as the culmination of Israel’s hopes and indeed our hopes for the world today.

To view course description, please visit http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/nt218-2013.pdf

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